And the First Lady Wore Red and Wu (Again)

Michelle Obama was the belle of the inaugural balls in a ruby Jason Wu gown.

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Fire and ice seems to be the theme of the First Lady's inaugural gowns.

After making fashion history in an ethereal white Jason Wu gown at the 2009 Inaugural Balls, Michelle Obama remained loyal to the man who created her iconic first inaugural dress. But this time, the First Lady paired Wu's floaty silhouette with a bolder, brighter hue to reign in President Obama's second term.

Made of chiffon and velvet, Wu's custom ruby gown featured an abstract floral design. A red sash  carved out the First Lady's waist amid the skirt's long, floaty fabric to create a flattering silhouette, while a crisscross neckline showed off her famously-sculpted shoulders and arms.

Red Jimmy Choo shoes and a stack of jeweled bangles finished off the First Lady's showstopping inaugural look.

After channeling a more innocent and virginal vibe at her husband's first inauguration, it's notable that Mrs. Obama chose a fiery hue often associated with power dressing, perhaps a sign of how much more comfortable she is in her role as First Lady after four years learning the ropes. Or maybe the fashionable First Lady was simply opting for a very of-the-moment hue to match her trendy new hairdo (red dresses are a hot red carpet trend right now).

Either way, we love how Mrs. Obama's ruby dress felt so different yet so similar to the white Wu gown she wore in 2009, tying together her first fashionable four years as First Lady and the four to come.

That perfect blend of contrast and continuity would lead you to think that Mrs. O worked with Jason Wu on the custom creation.

But it turns out the sneaky First Lady shocked the humble designer once again when she revealed her ruby dress at tonight's festivities.

"Mrs. Obama likes to keep her secrets. She fooled me again," Wu told WWD.

Click through the gallery for a closer look at the First Lady's ruby Jason Wu inaugural gown.

What do you think of the dress? Which of Mrs. Obama's two inaugural gowns is your fave? Share your picks in the comments below.

 

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  • Kristin Koch
    Kristin Koch

    I'm a huge fan too! She's a fashion all-star.

  • Toni
    Toni

    Fantastic choice!